United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is proud to recognize renowned philanthropist and distinguished businesswoman Lyda Hill with the highly regarded J. Erik Jonsson Award.  The honor is a tribute to the vision and leadership of its namesake.  The first president and co-founder of Texas Instruments, Jonsson served as four-term Mayor of Dallas and as co-founder of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, epitomizing the spirit of volunteerism.  Hill will accept the award, United Way’s highest volunteer honor, at the Women of Tocqueville 10th Anniversary Celebration presented by PwC, at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on Friday evening, September 28, 2018.

A founding member of the Women of Tocqueville giving society, Hill is a leading philanthropist and esteemed entrepreneur, known for her commitment to balancing profit with purpose.  Hill serves as the chairman of Lyda Hill Holdings, a private investment firm, and of the Lyda Hill Foundation.  She has generously given of her resources, time and talent to United Way over the years, serving on the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ board, laying the groundwork for the organization’s three-year competitive community impact grants model, and investing in the city’s future through the Unite Forever endowment campaign.

“Embodying the spirit of the J. Erik Jonsson Award, Lyda leverages personal success for the greater public good,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.  “Here’s a person who’s been very successful in life, but she’s turned her whole energy around making Dallas better.  She’s a woman of action, and this city has always been about that.”

“Philanthropreneur Lyda Hill ensures United Way is making the best decisions about how we invest the community’s resources in programs that have the highest likelihood of changing the world where we live,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  “A legacy leader, she pushes us toward excellence with her imaginative approaches to philanthropy, competitive nature and predilection for inspiring others to stretch in unexpected ways.”

It is fitting that Hill will accept the award at the Women of Tocqueville tenth anniversary as a founding member of the group, and the first to woman to endow her Tocqueville gift to United Way. Over the past ten years, Women of Tocqueville have played a crucial role in helping drive United Way’s mission of facilitating philanthropy to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of North Texans.  In addition to recognizing a decade of game-changing community impact, the group is announcing a galvanizing first for the organization.

Women of Tocqueville will celebrate raising an unprecedented $8 million in the creation of the new Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children.  This fund comes on the heels of the Tocqueville Society raising $7 million to form the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Basic Needs Fund for its 30th anniversary in September of 2017.  Both funds will be managed as part of the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas.

“This marks the first-ever Women of Tocqueville-led fund of this size at any local United Way in the country,” said Kristy Faus, Women of Tocqueville Chair. “The fund will be a source of permanent support, providing critical assistance to North Texas women and children in need.  We are thrilled to announce the incredible progress toward our ambitious $10 million goal.”

The Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children will provide an annual distribution to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas for programs that empower women and children in our community.  They include programs educating mothers on the importance of early learning, encouraging girls to explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), providing girls opportunities to learn and grow after school and during summer months, protecting women and children from violence, ensuring women have access to necessary and preventive health care services, and empowering women with job skills they need to support their families.

The Women of Tocqueville leadership society is an inclusive network of business leaders, entrepreneurs and community leaders within the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Tocqueville Society.  The organization’s 140 founding members have leveraged their collective leadership capabilities to support United Way’s efforts, since 2007.  Women of Tocqueville members engage in volunteer activities and advocacy efforts that produce visible impact in education, financial stability and health in North Texas.  Today, Women of Tocqueville is 360 members strong and invests over $3 million dollars in community programs annually.